The Promise of Abundance - Part 3 of Walking Through Grief with the 23rd Psalm

Sunday, July 12, 2015

oasis in the desert
"He makes me lie down in green pastures." Psalm 23:2a

David is a master at painting word pictures, especially in this Psalm. There is such depth contained in his words that I could write volumes on each sentence. If you have ever experienced the loss of a loved one you know all too well that it feels much like finding yourself suddenly walking through a hot, dry and barren desert with nothing but blowing sand as far as the eye can see in all directions. You feel so alone and utterly abandoned. Fear begins to set in as you realize that there appears to be no source of food or water. You find yourself fighting just to survive.

I want to remind you that David is writing this Psalm from personal experience. Not only did he experience this first-hand, I am certain he remembered the stories of the Israelites' journey through the wilderness and how God miraculously fed them with his own hand. It is when we have lost everything and are left with nothing that the miraculous hand of God opens up to us to provide moments of abundance in our great loss. As he did for Israel, he will certainly do for you.

Three times a day God miraculously provided food for Israel out of thin air. It literally came down from heaven. Every day they had breakfast. Every day they had lunch. Every day they had dinner. What I love the most about this story is that God didn't just provide enough for them to eat every day, he provided more than they needed. As I said in part two, God is not enough - he's more than enough! This principle is manifested again in the story of Jesus feeding the crowd of five thousand with two fish and five small loaves of bread from a little boy's lunch. Not only did Jesus feed these five thousand men plus women and children, he provided twelve baskets of leftovers. Once again, he provides not just enough, but more than enough.

If you are going through grief right now I know it is extremely painful. I am not trying to make your pain go away but simply reminding you that there is hope. I wish I could tell you that God will somehow wave his magic wand and erase your pain, but I can't. What I can tell you is that as you walk through times of great loss, you will experience moments of miraculous abundance from the hand of God. That is what David promises in the 23rd Psalm. The greater your desperation, the greater his miraculous provision. And though it seems impossible right now, you will come out of the desert. More on that in part six.
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